President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday faced another embarrassing moment after hundreds of starving Zanu PF supporters started walking out while he was being introduced by his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, at Mutare Aerodrome.
Chiwenga had to order members of the national youth service to stop people from leaving and listen to his boss’ address.
Mnangagwa’s address at the Zanu PF rally attended by thousands of people was also cut short due to light rains in the city.
“I am cutting my speech short because weather experts told me that in 20 minutes there will be poor weather and I might fail to leave with my helicopter,” Mnangagwa said.
Security details had a torrid time trying to stop hungry supporters from leaving, some of whom had been bussed from as far as Chipinge and other areas across the province.
Chiwenga claimed there were messages circulating on social media that some buses and a train were almost departing.
“Let’s reduce our walking. There is no bus that is going, let’s have discipline. There is no train or bus that were carrying people, please don’t follow the messages that are circulating,” he said.
“I want to urge you to sit down before our Honourable President Emmerson Mnangagwa can start to address us. Please, youths from national service, please, stop people from going away.”
A few weeks ago Zanu PF supporters also walked out on Mnangagwa while he was addressing a rally in Bindura.
Mnangagwa told the crowd that Vice-President Kembo Mohadi was now back in the country after weeks of undergoing treatment in South Africa following a grenade attack at a Zanu PF rally in Bulawayo last month.
“I want to assure you that our Vice-President Kembo Mohadi is now well and returned into the country yesterday (Thursday),” he said.
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